Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Our new puppets

On my return from Australia this week I had an hour to browse the duty free shop and to my surprise found these amazing puppets on sale. At a very affordable price too, which just happened to match the amount of money that I had left over from my holiday.
I was wondering what the animals would look like stuffed in my bags, as they went through the x-ray machines, but that was fine, until the sniffer dog decided to check me out and I was asked what was in my bags. Spot the kindergarten teacher!
I would say by the amount of interest and delight created by my new puppet friends today at kindergarten they will be well used by children and teachers in their play.

Happy Birthday Jimmy

If your child came home telling you all about Jimmy's 5th birthday at kindergarten, you were probably wondering who in the earth Jimmy is. 3 Nayland college boys and their media teacher had asked if they could video a mock birthday for their friend Jimmy at kindergarten, because he was born on a leap year he was actually only turning 5 this birthday.
Jimmy had a wonderful birthday at kindergarten, he sat on the birthday chair at mat time, he blew out the 5 candles on his cake and the children sang him happy birthday and he chose fairy claps, because he really likes fairies. The children then sang him twinkle twinkle little star and he told us what he liked doing at kindergarten with his friends. Then it was time for us to say the goodbye poem, so Jimmy invited his friends up to stand with him. During the morning, Jimmy played with the playdough, he painted a special picture for his friend and then the children took him outside to play on the monkey bars and slide.
Then it was time for Jimmy to go off to school, he was really sad to leave all his friends and his wonderful teachers, but all his friends gathered at the gate to wave him goodbye.
We are looking forward to seeing the video which will not be released for viewing until we are happy that no children's faces are visible, unless parents give us permission first.

The clay mini art exhibition

A mini art exhibition happened at kindergarten today.

It was time celebrate our wonderful clay artists at kindergarten and to show our families the amazing clay masterpieces the children have been making over the term. Each week as Fiona arrived to set up her clay work many of the same children returned to practice the skills and knowledge they learned from previous weeks, and they were very enthusiastic about trying something new. I had also made a point of joining Fiona's group and I was just as excited and enthusiastic as the children to design, mould, shape and paint my clay canvas and cup.

The clay works were at different stages, with some pieces air drying, others painted, some lacquered and others had already been fired in the kiln.

A number of parents turned up to see the exhibition and lots of "Wows" and positive comments could be heard as they looked over the clay masterpieces on display.